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your getting started guide

Have questions about what happens when you sign up for classes with Universal Taekwon-Do? Wonder what you’ll get when you train with us?

Your first class

We know taking the first step is often the hardest. Whether the classes are for you or your child or both, we have compiled a guide to your first classes with us.

Our friendly and approachable instructors are trained to put you at ease and keep you safe while taking part.

Beginners' introductory class

If you are new to martial arts, you’ll join our unique Beginners’ Introductory Course.

This course will teach you the fundamental skills that you need as you progress in the early stages of your Taekwon-Do training. You will be shown a set of simple techniques which can then be built on as you discover all that Taekwon-Do has to offer. 

For those with previous martial arts experience, we have classes that cover nearly every aspect of martial arts training, which will take you towards the coveted black belt and beyond.

Beginners' introductory class

If you are new to martial arts, you’ll join our unique Beginners’ Introductory Course.

This course will teach you the fundamental skills that you need as you progress in the early stages of your Taekwon-Do training. You will be shown a set of simple techniques which can then be built on as you discover all that Taekwon-Do has to offer. 

For those with previous martial arts experience, we have classes that cover nearly every aspect of martial arts training, which will take you towards the coveted black belt and beyond.

EFFECTIVE AND PRACTICAL SELF-DEFENCE SKILLS

Many people begin their Taekwon-Do training as a way to learn how to protect themselves against aggressors or bullies. 

Our structured classes give people of all abilities the means to either avoid, or if necessary, defeat an attacker. You’ll start with the basic grabs and pushes and, as your ability grows, work through to the more advanced attacks. 

We aim to ensure that by the time our students reach black belt, they feel confident in their ability to defend themselves and their families.

BULLY-PROOF YOUR CHILD

Enrolling your child in a martial arts programme is one of the best actions a parent can take to prevent bullying.

Why? Because martial arts can help children on both sides of the bullying equation.

By providing benefits such as confidence; discipline; respect; self-control; leadership; stress relief; and self-defence, Taekwon-Do helps both the children who are being bullied and the children who are bullying others.

Building confidence in children who are bullied: Bullies pick victims that they think will be easy targets. What makes an easy target? A child who seems weak, unsure of themselves, or is easily scared. Taekwon-Do helps stop bullying by building up children’s confidence so that they are able to project an aura of strength and ensure that they are not perceived as easy targets.

Building confidence in bullies: Bullies often enjoy status and prestige because others fear them. They also command a lot of attention for their behaviour. Taekwon-Do helps prevent bullying by building up these children’s confidence in other areas so that they won’t need to resort to bullying for attention or approval.

Reinforcing discipline in children who are bullied: Victims of bullying can sometimes make things worse for themselves by acting in ways that make it easy for others to taunt or threaten them. Martial arts helps to stop bullying by teaching these children the discipline required to adapt their behaviour in order to deter a bully.

Reinforcing discipline in bullies: One of the factors that contribute to bullying behaviour is an inconsistent approach to discipline at home. Taekwon-Do helps prevent bullying by providing children with a clear-cut and consistent structure of discipline that helps them learn which types of behaviour are acceptable and which are not.

Increasing respect in children who are bullied: Being bullied can often shatter a child’s self-esteem and lead to a low self-image and loss of self-worth. In fact, that is one of the warning signs of bullying. Taekwon-Do helps stop bullying by showing these children that if they want others to respect them, they first must learn to respect themselves.

Increasing respect in bullies: Bullies have a strong need to be in control and exert their dominance over others. That is one of the reasons why they bully others. Taekwon-Do helps prevent bullying by showing these children that everyone deserves respect, and that no one deserves to be mistreated.

Mastering self-control for children who are bullied: Victims of bullying may not be adept at recognising what kind of behaviour triggers a bully to lash out. Taekwon-Do helps to stop bullying by empowering these children to control their own behaviours in such a way that will stop a negative situation from spiralling into conflict or violence.

Mastering self-control for bullies: Children who bully others can be impulsive, hotheaded, and dominant. Taekwon-Do helps prevent bullying by helping these children become more aware of their own thoughts and emotions, training them to control negative impulses that could lead to bullying behaviours.

Developing leadership in children who are bullied: Bullies often target kids who are less popular. So, if your child has few friends, this social isolation could put him at higher risk of being bullied. Martial Arts helps stop bullying by training these children to be more sociable and helping them make friends more easily.

Developing leadership in bullies: Studies have shown that bullies lack empathy, and have also found that bullies can be more likely to develop anti-social personality disorder. This is a condition that causes people to ignore the rights and feelings of those around them. Martial Arts helps prevent bullying by developing the capacity for empathy in these children.

Stress relief for children who are bullied: One of the effects of bullying is that bullied children often report symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, stuffy nose, headaches, and stomachaches. These children are far more likely than others to report feeling physically sick because they deal with such high levels of stress that it wears down their immune system. Taekwon-Do helps stop bullying by providing a way for these children to relieve stress through vigorous physical exercise.

Stress relief for bullies: Bullies lack the ability to self-regulate emotions. Often, they simply don’t have a way to control their anger and frustration, which may result in severe overreactions to small provocations. Taekwon-Do helps prevent bullying by giving them an outlet to blow off some steam. This makes it much less likely for them to take their frustration out on other children.

Learning self-defence for children who are bullied: As we mentioned above, bullies pick victims that they think will be easy targets. Taekwon-Do classes help to stop bullying by teaching children how to defend themselves. Once they are armed with this knowledge, they will naturally project a more confident image thus making them a less likely target for bullies.

Learning self-defence for bullies: Children who bully others are often driven by the desire for power. They discover how effective it can be to use their power in an aggressive way to control and subdue others. Taekwon-Do classes help to prevent bullying by constantly emphasising the importance of using Taekwon-Do for self-defence only, never for offence.

Health and Fitness

Put a 'kick' into your exercise routine

Our classes combine the benefit of having a personal trainer with the fun and synergy of working out in a group.

Taekwon-Do classes can be an extremely effective way to burn calories – up to as many as 800 per class!

Students also report reduced stress levels, fewer physical injuries and illness, and a strengthened immune system.

Throughout their training Taekwon-Do students are supervised and taught the correct ways to maximise their exercise routine, working on the premise of quality not quantity.

We already have students from all walks of life with varying fitness levels. The great thing about Taekwon-Do is that you are only competing against yourself.

It is this individual focus that makes our classes an ideal activity to help you tone up and get in shape – improving steadily at YOUR OWN pace.

Speak to us today!

Now you’ve read about all the fabulous benefits of Taekwon-Do training – fitness, flexibility, balance, strength and confidence as well as self-defence. Contact us to book yourself and/or your kids in for a trial lesson and start your journey to black belt without any delay!

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